Muti is now the world’s top-paid conductormain
The annual instalment of Drew McManus’s survey of US orchestral wages puts Riccardo Muti on top of the baton pile with a salary of almost $3.5 million from the Chicago Symphony in the fiscal year ending July 2019.
Below him, Dudamel, Nelsons and Yannick are raking it in fast. Yannick with his parallel salary from the Met, must be almost matching Muti, while Jaap Van Zweden, who switched midyear from Dallas to New York, still topped $1.7 million and drew another salary from the Hong Kong Philharmonic besides. Jaap still holds the all-time record for raking in $5.1 million from Dallas in fiscal 2013-14.
Put another way: Muti earned seven times as much as the Chicago Symphony president.
Here are the maestro millionaires (and one woman, almost):
1 Chicago Symphony: $3,420,804 – Muti
2 Los Angeles Philharmonic: $2,857,103 – Dude
3 San Francisco Symphony: $2,139,720 – MTT
4 Boston Symphony: $1,787,000 – Nelsons
5 Philadelphia Orchestra: $1,672,167 – Yannick
6 Cleveland Orchestra: $1,485,371 – FW-M
7 Minnesota Orchestra: $1,036,622 – Osmo
8 Dallas Symphony: $911,024 – Jaap
9 New York Philharmonic: $816,375 – Jaap
10 Baltimore Symphony: $756,911 – Marin Alsop
All maestro earnings across the board here.
Chief exec earnings here.